- Audio CD (Oct. 27 1998)
- Number of Discs: 1
- Format: Import
- Label: Warner Bros
- ASIN: B00000DD54
- Other Editions: Audio Cassette | LP Record | Mini-Disc
- Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars See all reviews (425 customer reviews)
|5. At My Most Beautiful|
|6. The Apologist|
|7. Sad Professor|
|8. You're In The Air|
|9. Walk Unafraid|
|10. Why Not Smile|
|14. Falls To Climb|
Yes, its a down album. Yes its slow. Yes, but the only upbeat song is the only bad song on the album. That being Lotus. Lotus shouldn't be on here. Stipes vocals are painful on the ear!
Lotus aside, this album is absolutely fantastic. It holds many a memory of my last 2 years of being a batchelor. I literally used to come home tanked up with Tiger beer (I used to live in Singapore) and sit there blasting Diminished out of the stereo. Even when I play it now (over 5 years later) I get a taste for beer. Trouble is, the only place I can blast it is in the car and I end up driving to the pub.
This is a must for all REM fans - well, if you are a fan you will have it in your collection anyway, I assume.
Beautiful songs like Suspicion, You're In The Air and At My Most Beautiful cannot be denied! OK, the drum machine is dated but thats the charm of it all. I dont think the use of those old organ drums is pretensious (spell?) but charming.
Saying all this, I love Monster too. I saw them play in Singapore on the Monster tour and some of the best songs were from that album. You just have to take a drive when you play Crush With Eyeliner.
So far as UP goes, I would strongly suggest dissapointed fans play it a little while longer - maybe mix the songs in with a few of your favourites and you may change your view.
It's not necessarily a hard album to get into, though, even with the experimentation that is going on. Songs like "Lotus", "At My Most Beautiful", and "Sad Professor" are tracks you could listen to years from now and yet immediately embrace upon first hearing.
Overall, R.E.M.'s work is still eminently "listenable" though don't expect a lighthearted romp despite the title of the album.
I think this album ranks up there with say Rubber Soul or Aja as just an all time classic album that is a great achievement in music. Read more